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“12 days - not enough” 5 of 5 stars
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Avenida Norte | Calle 6, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 30116, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 24 Bocas Town B&B and Inns
Princeton, New Jersey
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“12 days - not enough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My wife and I stayed with Bryan and Jana for just short of two weeks in February, we should have stayed another week but our schedule dictated it was time to move on. Their attention to detail is excellent. The location of the property is perfect, located on a quiet street walking distance to town but tranquil at night. Restaurants and beach transportation is easily within walkable distance along with the main dock in town as well as the airport (we walked to the airport from Lula's for our flight back to Panama).

Breakfast each morning was terrific (choice of eggs, pancakes, cereal, along with fruit, juice and coffee). The room we had (#2) was comfortable and spacious, the ceiling fan and a/c kept the temps down making sleeping very easy. There are enough things to do in and around Bocas to keep you busy or if you choose, just be calm and disconnect (which was one of our favorite activities). The coming and goings of the other guests made for a nice source of information as well as a chance to talk to other travelers from various locations around the globe.

We had a fantastic two weeks.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I was not happy with the Bed & Breakfast. The owner was not very nice or accommodating. He did not make us feel welcomed. The place was always hot & even if you left the AC on in your bedroom, they would turn it off so the place was hot & muggy when you returned.

Stayed March 2014
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Boerne, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This was our second stay at Lula's in less than a year. Bryan and Jana, along with a small, efficient staff, provide guests with spotlessly clean rooms, a fantastic breakfast with Jana's homemade tropical fruit jams and great information on activities and dining. There is a great upstairs balcony where you can relax in a hammock, drink a cold beverage from an incredibly inexpensive honor bar and read a book from their vast exchange library in the downstairs common area. Rita and I think this is an exceptional value for Bocas. We will be back next year.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed at Lula's for 3 nights in early January 2014. Very enjoyable stay for the following reasons: 1) very friendly staff. The b&b is run by an American couple who is very accommodating and helpful. 2) cozy rooms. While the daily rate was a little high, it was still a cozy, clean room with a good bathroom and hot showers. 3) location. It is located off the main drag in Bocas town and loved being able to get away from the crowds. While not on the ocean, it is still nice to be "away from it all".

Breakfast was included and the food was good.

While not the cheapest place in town, it is still a nice getaway and we would stay there again.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I made a last minute booking during the Panamanian "festive season", so hotels were very difficult to obtain after New Year's celebrations. The receptionist / owner (Jana) over the phone was able to accommodate me for the one night that I needed, so with little option, that's what I did. Turns out, it worked out great!

My sister and I arrived a bit early so our room was not yet ready. We received a warm greeting and they stored our luggage while we went to the beach. When we returned, our private room was ready. The room is very basic consisting of a double bed and a single bed. The window A/C unit cooled the room quite rapidly. The shower had good pressure and hot water. The free WiFi was great with a strong signal. There was no TV in the room, which for one night was OK.

The front balcony and common area in the back where the "kitchen" was located was very clean.

We had an early morning flight, so we didn't get a chance to enjoy the nice homemade breakfast we smelled on our way out.

The airport is only 3 blocks away, but they called a taxi for us which cost USD$2.

Bocas Town is VERY laid back attracting predominantly a bohemian, hippie, surfer, diver, backpacker crowd.

Overall a very nice experience!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I stayed in the hostel part of Lula's and I couldn't have asked for anything more:

I stayed in the private room. The AC was cold, the room looked out over the water, it was right by the kitchen, and we could jump in the water whenever we wanted. The common areas were clean. And the locker system they have is the best I've seen.

We met some cool people in the hostel and enjoyed sharing multiple meals with them. The hostel at Lula's attracted a classier type person than a "party hostel." We mainly encountered other young professionals who wanted cheap accommodations but valued their rest.

The location of Lula's contributed to its greatness. The hostel is located ON the water with hammocks to rest in. It is also a few blocks from the main drag, which meant that it was quiet at night yet easy and safe to get to if you wanted to go out and party.

The owners were super-friendly (they were from GA like me!) and have some cool plans for expansion on the water front in the future. If you're looking for a place to stay, don't pass on this one.

Room Tip: The private room in the hostel looked out over the water and had a cold AC unit!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Lula's from December 19-23 and we enjoyed it. This was our second trip to the Bocas del Toro area (we stayed at Bocas bound hostal in October of this year). Our experience with Lula's was great. We arrived a little later on Thursday evening and were received with warm smiles.

THE ROOM
We stayed in room 3. It was nice. The bed and pillows were comfortable. There was a small safe in the armoire. The bathroom was nice, definitely had hot water, and plenty of it. The wall was a little close to toilet, so if you are a bigger guy, don't expect a lot of room in there. The air condition worked great. To the point we were a little cold each night.

BREAKFAST
Amazing breakfast. Each night we filled out a checklist of what we wanted for breakfast. While it was the same option each day, we had 4 breakfasts their and never got tired of it. The options were abundant enough, that it never really felt like you were eating the same stuff. ( Choices: 4 or less pancakes or eggs; fruit cup of either banana, watermelon, pineapple, papaya or a combination; toast; choice of yucca, potatoes or one other option I can't remember; and of course coffee, or hot tea's) The owner also had great homemade jams and syrups. Great breakfast!

Internet
If you wanna check emails, facebook and other sites, your fine. However, don't expect to stream netflix at night. We were able to stream one netflix movie in the middle of the day on one of our lazy, do-nothing, days. I figured there was no one else using the internet at the time.

Location:
Lula's is off of the main drag, which we like a lot. Bocas can be a pretty boisterous place at night, and we enjoyed the peace and quiet of being off the main drag. There is some construction going on around Lula's, so don't expect to be sleeping in late each morning. It is about a 5-10 minute walk to get anywhere on the main street.

Other features:
There is a small kitchenette on the back porch. It has a refigerator (filled with coke, sunkist, water, and a few other options... for $1 a piece). There is a microwave, sink, knives, plates, spoons and forks. There is also a clothesline on the back porch.

They have a huge book selection in the breakfast area. So don't bother bringing anything to read and just pick something there.

Room Tip: TIPS: ~Try and stay in room 2,4, or 6... that way you don't have the sun coming through your...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Lula's Bed and Breakfast

Address: Avenida Norte | Calle 6, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 30116, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lula's Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful and charming place to stay offering exceptional value, comfort and location. The historic home is open and airy, the perfect spot to relax after a day of exploring the area's natural wonders. We are certain you will enjoy your stay with us! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hotel Lula`s Bocas Town
Hotel Lula`s b&b
Hotel Lula's Bed And Breakfast Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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